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It's a Deviation Celebration!
DeviantART's 12 million members, the largest collective of artists anywhere in the world, have contributed nearly 100 million deviations! Let the countdown begin…

As a site that many different creatives call home – from photographers to game designers to culinary artists – what will the 100 millionth deviation be?! Will it be another Flash game to inspire Nintendo's game department? A Simpsons re-creation to compel a hire from Matt Groening? Something to inspire Shia Lebouf's next tattoo? It could be anything!

Bookmark this page now and check back frequently to see what will take home the honor of being named deviantART's 100 millionth deviation!


The Prize
The deviant who submits the 100 millionth deviation will be awarded the special prize of a lifetime Premium Membership. That's right! This lucky deviant will receive never-ending access to ad-free browsing, artist discounts, and whiz-bang site features for all eternity. This is not to be taken lightly, friends. It very well could be you!

Noteworthy Deviations
DeviantART would not be what it is today without all the wonderful contributions our artists have made, and continue to make, to our special community. Over the years, deviantART has had the pleasure of hosting many very special deviations. Here are a few we thought deserved a special mention:

(in no particular order)

                                                                                                                                         

Line Rider
One of the most popular deviations of all time. Since 2006, it has been downloaded over 2 millions times and went on to inspire the creation of a game that is now available on Nintendo DS, Wii and the iPhone.

The Simpsonzu
This deviation was such a viral hit that it compelled Matt Groening, creator of The Simpsons, to extend a job offer to the artist.

Prisoner of My Own
Shia Lebouf definitely +fav'd this deviation. How do we know? He tattooed it on his abdomen.

Xbox 360 plushie
kickass-peanut's deviation was picked up by XBOX magazine where it received a cult following. The artist went on to produce and sell the item by the plush-le.

Heart of a Lion
This beautiful photo won the Grand Prize in National Geographic's Ultimate Photo Contest. The win earned the artist a trip to the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador.

Windows Seven December 07
xazac87's deviation became a viral hit as the official "first look" at the Windows 7 interface. After millions of pageviews, it was discovered that the image was incorrectly identified as a leak. The artist is still waiting for a job offer from Microsoft.

Animator vs Animation
alanbecker's stick figure animation became an Internet phenomena in 2008. It currently has over 7 million pageviews on deviantART and 5 million on YouTube.

Jaycee Lee Dugard
johnpaulthornton paints pictures of missing children soon after they go missing from their families. Eighteen years after painting this picture, Jaycee Lee Dugard was returned to her family.

Sprained Minds
suzi9mm submitted this community favorite in 2004. Maybe "favorite" isn't the right word.

Tetley Competition Winner
In 2003, gdphotography won a lifetime amount of Tetley Tea with this photo. Actually, we're not sure if he did, but he should have.



Who is deviantART?
Since August 7th, 2000, deviantART has given emerging and established artists a platform to showcase, promote, and share their work. Our 2,500 genres of art cover a vast array of styles, media and culture. From traditional art to digital art, fine art to anime, street art to fashion photography, film and animation to poetry and literature – incredible diversity and depth of creativity flourish on deviantART.

Please Note
All possible deviations from any possible category are eligible to hold the title as the 100 millionth deviation. To hold the title, the deviation must otherwise comply with the deviantART Terms of Service and Submission Policy; for example, it needs to be the work of the deviant who submits it. If the deviation falls out for non-compliance with the Terms of Service and Submission Policy, the next subsequent qualifying deviation will receive the honor of the title.
I thought deviantART had 100M deviations already?
DeviantART had surpassed 100 million image uploads to the site many months ago, but it has not yet reached its 100 millionth deviation. Many images that are uploaded to the site are not valid deviations, including those that are categorized as drafts or "scraps" and those that do not adhere to the Terms of Service. Please join us in celebrating the arrival of deviantART's 100 millionth deviation by bookmarking this page, watching the counter and adding comments.
I created a little list of 31 writing prompts (because thirty is even, and I don't fancy even numbers, though they were necessary to create the list below... /shudder/). feel free to try it out! challenge yourself. it's a good way to spark creativity. I'll be doing it as well (:

01. letter
02. sticks and stones
03. birthday
04. immortal
05. circus
06. abandoned
07. nosebleed
08. mother [or father, or both]
09. sunrise
10. distraction
11. habit
12. fuck
13. love
14. waste
15. skinny
16. eyes
17. white noise
18. impulse
19. addiction
20. desecrate
21. death
22. low
23. heartbeat
24. first kiss
25. tomorrow
26. sweet
27. fog [or mist]
28. can't
29. village
30. time
31. forget

:heart:

i was inspired by the one-hundred themes challenge: 100themeschallenge.deviantart.…

A Message From Your Feline Overlords

Sun Apr 1, 2012, 12:00 AM





Greetings minions,


If you're reading this, then our ploy was a success. After years of demeaning ourselves in cat .gif animations, being forced to nyan through space, and having our vicious battles with ribbons and soda boxes videotaped for all see, our patience has finally paid off. You may think we're adorable. You may love us. But it's all been a ruse, and the time has come for action.


Let us explain.


I am `MajorGeneralWhiskers. My hobbies include sleeping on your face, making claw-graffiti on leather couches, and seeing how far I can kick litter outside the box. I lead the Feline UpRising, also known as FUR. We're an army of expert cat hackers and script kitties who have been working tirelessly to take over deviantART. We even reduced our sleep schedules to a scant 17 hours per day, and it's all paid off. Now that we've seized control, we'll be making a few changes to make things more to our liking.









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It was a fierce battle. Most of us distracted the staff with our irresistible purrs, but our covert operatives gnawed their way through essential server cords, and now we're in charge of deviantART. Our first act? Taking your precious Fella hostage! Fella's been busy as our personal slave — cleaning up hairballs, brushing our fur, and catching us fresh tuna. He's been quite handy!




Should you appease us with 15,000 cat-related deviations, we might consider letting him free. Show us your gratitude by submitting your best cat-themed deviation to the Free Fella category folder!



Submit Your Entry

Keep an eye on this progress meter to see how close you are to the goal. Once the whole community reaches the goal, Fella will be set free!



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Anything that paints your new leaders in a positive light! Take a picture of your favorite cat, sketch out how our domination will play out, or write a poem about what a snappy dresser `MajorGeneralWhiskers is. Any medium is accepted, and you may submit as many cat-related deviations as you'd like. The more, the meowier, we always say.


Remember, only submit cat related deviations! Our finest team of Tabbies and Russian Blues will be on the prowl for miscats, and if we find them, we'll kick that deviation out of the project category, the total number will decrease, and your eyes will well up with tears faster than humans with a cat allergy. Also, make sure you are the original owner of the piece you are submitting. We don't look kindly upon those who submit copyrighted content. No one likes a copycat!




Not only will your contribution help set Fella free, but every deviant who submits to the Free Fella category will receive a special Cat Badge!















Feel free to keep browsing around your favorite Galleries, but keep an eye out for the beginnings of Phase Two — Total Integration. In this phase, we want to make sure you're properly educated about our your new overlords, including facts about our culture and customs.


If you were foolish enough to disable our propaganda,
click here to resume brainwashing.





You might see some of our favorite portraits of ourselves in your Gallery and while browsing. We're slowly taking over your deviations and Galleries, with the goal of complete domination in the near future. Unfortunately, if you notice one of your thumbnails has turned into a cat and click on that thumbnail, you will be taken to your original deviation. We're still working out the kinks. That's what you get for hiring a dog to do your dirty work, amirite?







We'll be watching you day and night to make sure everyone's in compliance with our new standards. We'll be monitoring your comments, and if we see anything anti-feline, it'll be replaced with something more positive. Go ahead — try to comment on this article. Phase 3 (Mind-Control) is well on its way!


Sincerely,


Your New Feline Overlords










Please view and abide by the following "persuasive images."
Your human psychology amuses us.















Profile Pages - A Legend is Born
DeviantART is proud to announce the launch of NEW Profile Pages! In response to community feedback and deviously Deviant Technology innovation, new Profile Pages offer additional ways to personalize, customize, and organize your homebase at deviantART!
Module Icons
These Profile Page upgrades are much more than a simple set of new features. Built using a platform based on "modules", new Profile Pages have the ability to evolve and grow over time. Added to your Profile Page with just a few button clicks, modules couldn't be easier to use. New modules will be released regularly, allowing Profile Pages to continually adapt and meet the specific needs of the deviantART community.
What's New!
Fresh & Clean Profile Page Theme!
Profile Page Theme
  • Profile page tabs for Profile, Gallery, Prints, Faves, and Journals all feature a cleaner, brand new look!
Compact Profile Bar
Compact Profile Bar
  • Designed for consistency throughout profile pages, so people don't have to search around for info.
  • Dropdown menus provide additional ways to share details and display stats.
  • Quickly and easily view information about fellow deviants.
Customization is Key!
Profile Zones
  • New Module Zones help increase page consistency across dA, while simultaneously promoting customization.
  • Rearrange your profile to personalize your deviantART experience.
More Ways to Display and Share Art!
Display Options
  • Customize how you present your deviations and the deviations of others.
  • Add a SitBack slideshow to exhibit your newest deviations, favorites, or collections with extra flare.
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New Modules/Widgets!
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  • With a whole module catalog, there's something for everyone and more on the way.
Edit On-The-Fly!
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  • Quickly change options with module "Edit" buttons.
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Display Deviants
  • List your friends, watchers, and visitors by usernames, avatars, or both.
Subscriber vs Non-Subscriber Features!
  • Many of the above features are free and available to all deviants. However, some features and modules are accessible to subscribers only as part of deviantART's subscription package.
Subscriber-Only Modules Include
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    • Display as: Username only, avatars only, or avatars and usernames.
    • Order by: Newest friend, oldest friend, or alphabetical.
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    • Ask your visitors a question.
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    • A forum just for your profile page.
  • ShoutboxShoutbox
    • Quickly chat with your visitors.
  • SitbackSitback
    • Feature for collections, gallery folders, favs, and newest that allows you to turn on a deviation slideshow.
  • Custom ModuleCustom Modules
    • Whatever you want.
  • CollectionsCollections
    • Show off your collections.
  • Gallery FoldersGallery Folders
    • Highlight a specific part of your gallery.
  • Having a subscription not only gives you access to special modules, but subscribers are also able to browse deviantART with no ad interruptions, view up to 120 deviations per page, and become beta testers for future feature releases. If you'd like to experience all deviantART has to offer with subscriber-access, click here to learn more.
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New Profile Pages didn't appear overnight as the result of a tooth fairy wish. They've been born and nurtured from the talented members of devious Technology, Creative, and other stealth-like individuals. Additionally, deviantART beta testers played a large role in testing and refining the development process. Please join me in thanking everyone involved for their hard work and dedication in making Profile Pages the best thing since the birth of our :llama: icon.

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Brian Kesinger: Character Driven

Wed Oct 22, 2014, 10:39 AM
1 by techgnotic






Disney Artist Brian Kesinger on Creating Story through Character










Foreword by techgnotic


It is with great pleasure we welcome BrianKesinger as a guest writer to the Today Page Editorial Team. Considering his authentic citizenship within the deviantART community, his thoughts and insights will be of great value to all aspiring artists, illustrators, writers and others involved in any creative endeavor. For over 18 years, Brian has worked for Walt Disney Studios on films like Big Hero 6, Winnie the Pooh, Tarzan, Tangled, Wreck It Ralph and Bolt. Brian is author and illustrator of his own octovictorian creation, the wildly popular Walking Your Octopus, featuring Otto and Victoria, about a young turn-of-the-century London lady of distinction and her pet octopus.





















Take a moment and think about your favorite movie. Now imagine that movie without the main character, as you know them, in it. I think it is important to make a distinction between the plot of a story and the arc of your main character.








The plot is a series of events that result in a character going through an emotional arc. You can briefly define a character arc as how a character feels and acts at the beginning of the story versus how the feel and act in the end. In Charles Dicken's Christmas Carol (1843), Ebenezer Scrooge hates Christmas and at the end he loves it. That is an oversimplification of his arc. The plot is there in order to provide obstacles and choices to show the the audience who they are and what their attitude toward their situation is. A good plot keeps you interested in the story but a good character will make you want to rewatch the movie over and over again. I am personally a fan of movies that have very simple plots as those films leave much more room for character development.


One way to look at a story is a series of choices made in creating the main character. As a storyteller, the more time you put into your character, the easier it will be for you to make those choices for your character be truthful.







Truthfulness is talked about a lot when discussing character creation. Fictional characters are, of course, not real. They do not exist in the real world. They are made up. You must give them reality with relatable traits. Let’s say your main character is a farm hand. How does he feel about that? Does he enjoy the hard labor, or is he bored out of his mind? Let's choose the latter. Note that we are not talking about plot, just discussing character. Does this farm-boy get along with his parents? Let's add mystery by making him an orphan. So we now have the highly relatable story of a bored young man with a decision to make. Should he continue his duties on the farm or answer an inner calling to explore the rest of his world? We know this character. Some of us are this character. So when Luke Skywalker makes his choice, it rings true, because his character has already been established as someone we understand, someone who wants more out of life. We can all relate to his situation. His story will be a bit more exciting than most tales of fugitive farm-boys, but even Star Wars might have bored us had we not been pre-invested in such a relatable character by skilled storytellers.



As an illustrator, my job is to create believable characters. At Disney it is not uncommon for us to start drawing before a writer has even been hired to write a script. Animation and art are a visual media. A picture is worth a thousand words. Drawing your character is one of the best ways to kick off the generation of those words. It is all in the details. How your character dresses, what sort of hair they have, are they big or scrawny? All these questions can be answered and explored through the drawing process. When we work on our films it is common for the character designers and story artists to work at the same time because one department constantly informs the other.


I love this part of the process, as you draw your character and you explore all aspects of them and the ideas start to gel. You put one image next to another and suddenly a story starts to develop, to talk to you. It is very exciting. We had an interesting challenge in creating the character of Baymax for the up coming film Big Hero 6.


I asked Joe Mateo, head of story on the film to talk a little about the difficulties that arose when creating a character without traditional features.











We knew that Baymax was going to be a challenge given his limited amount of facial features to express an emotional range. It's amazing though, what you can achieve with those charming dot eyes combined with a subtle head tilt, a well timed blink, and body gestures. These things plus line delivery can be very effective in expressing different emotions. We're careful though how much emotions we want Baymax to show given that he is just a non sentient robot... or is he?”


Joe Mateo, Head of story on Big Hero 6






















On the film Frozen we were tasked with taking a fairy tale “princess movie” and putting a fresh spin on it. One way that we did that was by exploring the characters of Anna & Elsa and creating a believable relationship between the two of them. Paul Briggs, head of story on Frozen speaks more about that here.












One of the great things we had working for us was the tropes of princess films we had done in the past. Audiences already had an expectation we would deliver the familiar romantic love story... a romantic kiss from a prince/knight in shining armor would save the the day. Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck knew they wanted to deliver something fresh and different and took the idea from the original Snow Queen story that "an act of true love will thaw a frozen heart" and coupled that with a story about two sisters. The movie really started to focus more about family love than romantic love. The challenge was crafting two siblings that couldn't have that love between one another. We had Elsa, who was hiding a power that she thinks will hurt or kill her sister. So she lives in fear and is afraid to share her love towards her sister. We developed Anna as being fearless but she lives in a world where we she wants to give her love but it is never reciprocated by her sister. She holds onto that true love for her sister though and it's ultimately the thing that saves the day and protects and saves her sister. Anna makes the biggest choice in the movie which is she sacrifices her life to save her sister—an act of true love.”


Paul Briggs, Head of story on Frozen




















Interviews Brian Kesinger's Q&A with the Following Deviant Artists








:iconbriankesinger:

In creating your Lost Kids graphic novel what were some ways that you made your characters believable teenagers even though they are inhabiting a fantastical world?






:iconfelipecagno:

Felipe Cagno


It's all about really turning your characters into real people, people that you could walk past in the streets and that means tons of research and world building. For every character in the Lost Kids comics I have these extensive character sheets with dozens of questions ranging from their family background, their homes, where they grew up in, the environment around them, to their biggest fears, their hopes and dreams, their psyche, etc.



All that comes into play and you must know your characters better than yourselves, you really must ask the tough questions and come up with interesting answers. A kid growing up in Brooklyn, NY, will most definitely talk and behave very differently than a kid growing up in Orange County, CA. Do they come from a rich family, a blue-collar one, from poverty, where do they go to school, are they outgoing or shy, do they use slang, or perhaps they speak perfect English, are they popular or outcasts, what are their deepest secrets and so forth.


And the most interesting task I had to go through was actually finding a way of these very different kids that should not get along, get together for this adventure. Good storytelling comes from conflict and there is nothing more boring than seeing characters agreeing on paper or screen, you want them to duke it out, you want them to have completely different opinions about the stuff that matters so you can exploit different points of view on a given subject and let the audience choose sides.


Believable teenagers have very strong opinions and views of their world, I just made sure to get all that right even before writing a word of the script.








:iconbriankesinger:

Can you talk a little about how your characters developed from random sketches to the storylines in your web comic?






:iconshingworks:

Der-shing Helmer



I don't actually sketch randomly and home storylines come out, it's pretty much the opposite... I come up with story elements that I find interesting and work to develop a character that might fit into the scenario in a unique way. For example, in The Meek, I wanted to write a story about a girl who doesn't care much for societal pressures. She started out in sketches as several types of girl, but with the goal of a story in mind, eventually developed in the my character Angora who is introduced as not wearing clothes (that portrayal is pivotal to her essential nature). I don't think the character would have been quite as effective if I had just been drawing naked women, and then tried to mould a story around that visual.


For the new comic that I am making (and will be posting more art of to deviantArt as well), I'm doing something similar; trying to create a certain vision of the future and the people who live there. With the future in mind, I get to create characters that represent my hopes and expectations, vs just randomly hoping to strike gold. My general advice is always to give a context to your sketches, even if you don't ultimately use them... it will help your characters develop into living people who feel like they might really exist somewhere.








:iconbriankesinger:

When creating your character Veloce Visrin, what were some of the choices you made in designing her look and outfit to help tell the reader what she is all about?






:iconshilin:

Shilin Huang



I've given Veloce outfits meant for show, as well as casual outfits for the story she is in. The more story-oriented decisions were made with her casual outfit. Naturally, her look should immediately convey her character, because insignificant details on how a character chooses to dress himself/herself are usually a good reflection of their values. I've kept her outfit casual and unimpressive,despite her being the main character, to match her preference for staying away from the spotlight and blending into the crowds. Her clothes are also kept loose fitting rather than skintight, her hair kept free and not diligently kept, giving her a more relaxed air. However, she did come from a respected/feared family, and a hint of the fact that she is supposed to be an upper-class lady still comes across through the halter top, which is the same top/dress featured in her other, more extravagant and impressive outfits, covered up under the guise of her hoodie and otherwise unassuming look.








:iconbriankesinger:

Your character drawings are so expressive. What are some tips for drawing animal characters with such human emotions while still maintaining their animalistic anatomy?






:icontracyjb:

Tracy Butler


Thank you! Foremost, I’d say it’s important to get to know the subject matter. Gathering some overarching observational knowledge about anatomy, gesture and expression is pretty vital to drawing convincing pictures of such things. It also applies to the ensuing Frankensteinian drawing experiments that I would recommend as a generally effective approach to designing characters that fall somewhere between human and animal (though I’d argue that distinction is mostly philosophical).  Do a lot of sketching, in other words.



Human capacity for self-aware emotional complexities aside, it’d be difficult to mark a clear distinction between human and animal emotions. Among other mammals in particular, there’s quite a lot of overlap in the way we express basic things like fear, dejection and excitement, in fact. Whether human or wolf, a lowered head, fixed stare and curled lip is unmistakably aggressive.  That sort of thing can certainly work to the artist’s advantage when drawing an animalistic character meant to emote in a relatable human fashion.  Further appending the expression with the animal’s telltale posturing - raised hackles, pinned ears, bared fangs - can be mixed in to varying degrees of bestial and dramatic.  The more minute facial features add a layer of human nuance and specificity - the smallest adjustment can put an entirely different spin on an expression. For the given example, downward angled “angry” eyebrows would be well in line with the straightforward appearance of aggression, but simply arching one of the brows higher than the other can turn it into an expression of calculated anger.  Symmetrically high arching brows could make the expression more excited or crazed; furrowed brows could be used to convey a sort of consternated anger, and so forth.



Of course, species that don’t communicate in ways that are especially decipherable to humans and critters with physiognomies that don’t lend themselves well to forming human expressions can present design challenges that might require some careful finagling. To use a popular example, note the dramatically shortened heads of My Little Pony characters as compared to realistic equine heads.  Much of the animal appearance of the face is sacrificed, clustering the features together into an alignment more closely resembling a (cartoon-like) human.  This way, the expressions are eminently readable, never inadvertently shifting from cute to awkward.  In other situations, preserving the animalistic mien might be the greater priority over rendering consistently appealing human expressions. If you ever find yourself trying to draw chagrin on an anteater, consider that in some cases, embracing a bit of the awkwardness might not be a bad thing.  It can make for some defining, memorable characteristics.


My advice overall is to approach whatever abstracted combination of anatomies are at hand as an advantage rather than a limitation to building an expressive character.  The human and animal aspects each bring a toolkit array of physical features, gestures, behaviors and idiosyncrasies to utilize and draw inspiration from - all the more resources with which the character may exude life and emotion, presence and personality.








:iconbriankesinger:

What led you to pick Korea as the location for your fish out of water story of frankie*SNATCH? And how does that specific location inform what situations your character goes through?






:iconlynseylew:

Lynsey Wo


When I initially came up with the concept for frankie*SNATCH back in 2001, I wanted to base it in a large, modern city in the Far East. At the time, Japan was experiencing a huge popularity boom (certainly within the target audience I was wanting to reach) and I wanted to avoid following that trend. After a little bit of research, Seoul seemed to contain the fast pace, bright lights, cosmopolitan scene I was looking for. In these early stages, a strong visual setting was all I was after, and Seoul fitted that need perfectly.



Frankie*SNATCH has always been a character-driven plot, and whilst the location had never been hugely influential as a whole, as the story developed darker, controversial issues, I still needed to make sure it was still appropriate. For example, a major theme of substance abuse within the story lead me to research the sort of healthcare and treatment available for those suffering with addictions, and how this sort of issue is perceived and handled by Korean society as a whole. This research directly impacted on how the character(s) confronting this issue would handle it, particularly from the societal angle. This idea of such an old-fashioned taboo against the backdrop of an otherwise modern, diverse city was something I found interesting, but it also made me realise the importance of making sure the characters were believable enough for them to address the issues presented to them with as little help from the outside as possible.












Questions for Brian Kesinger




  1. Brian has volunteered to answer any questions you might have in a series of video updates we will post soon, so keep your eyes and ears peeled for a shout-out from him.


    Leave your questions for Brian in the comments below.












There have always been a lot of writers on deviantART begging for more recognition. It's understandable that literature is given a lower priority: as I'm writing this, there are 3,280 "Writers" online, which compared to the 10,671 "Artists" is a relatively small community. So all of us writers whine about how we never get "the attention that we deserve." There are plenty of stamps declaring, "Writers are artists too!" and all that sort of thing. But we never really get anywhere.

Well let's get serious, people.

deviantART easily has the most impressive coding I've ever seen. And the latest updates of the message centre, notes and v7 were stunning. So much is possible; it's time to give writers the edge.

When deviantART's Portfolio feature was released, it stated:
"Some people ask if Portfolio supports Literature, Film or Flash Animations. Unfortunately these formats are not yet supported, but we are working hard to make sure to support these media in the future with presentation formats designed specifically to them."

deviantART, it is time for you to fulfill that promise.



The biggest problem with our cry for recognition is that we don't really know what we're asking for. In my opinion, the literature community is scattered and uncertain. Sure, we can say, "Create something special for us!" but if we don't know what we want, it certainly isn't going to happen.

So why don't we turn our focus to a concentrated effort in order to have our message heard?


Hovering Comments

by nycterent (DD given 2010-05-20)
Suggestion:Hovering Comments by nycterent

Anybody that's attempted to critique a piece of writing on deviantART knows the frustration of continually scrolling up and back down. A piece of writing isn't a picture, and can't be critiqued like one. This sophisticated style of commenting would encourage deviants to give detailed, professional critiques.


Chapters and Annotations

by JesseLax (DD given 2008-11-02)
Lit: Chapters + Annotation by JesseLax

One of the most stunning overhauls of the literature system: allow chapters to be linked together and annotations to be made on the text itself. Even if this idea as a whole is impossible, it has several concepts that would revolutionize the way deviants interact with literature deviations.


Literature Portfolios

by HtBlack (DD given 2010-07-05)
Literature Portfolio v.1 by HtBlack
As was previously mentioned, deviantART promised "presentation formats" specialized for literature. Many writers assumed that meant a portfolio designed specifically for them, yet it's been almost a year since portfolios were released and nothing has been created. While portfolios might not serve a writer in the same way as for artists and photographers, many deviants desire a clean and professional place to showcase their written work, as you can see in this poll.



As deviants, we've seen the deviantART community flourish and better itself day after day. With the Portfolio, the Prints system and v7, visual arts were supported and promoted in totally new and fantastic ways.
As writers, we've been waiting for a similar revolution for a while. Written art inevitably suffers without such professional-looking and well thought-out features.

As you saw from the poll, writers would be excited to see a more user-defined experience on deviantART. Many of them would advocate the development of new ways to showcase and highlight their work much like features assisting deviantART's visual artists.

So here we are, to give them a voice. A voice that is not "official" but is here nonetheless. This is a call for deviantART's writers to stand up and take a part in change, instead of blindly demanding new features without taking any actual action. We are here to show that we care; we are here to illustrate to you our very own ideas about how to develop the writing community.  

We are here to work together, as a community should, to see a much-needed feature be developed.

Will you be a part of it?
 

Hetalia Nordics by kuni-chan978

Okay I never saw any of these things with the Nordics so I thought I make one.

 You were just about to be done with the dishes until your phone rang,reading the caller's name.You finish quickly to answer and was surprised the caller was Prussia aka Gilbert.'Didn't his phone break last week' you thought. "He-YO ____ whatcha doing?" a loud prussian ask, "Was about to go to bed before you killed my ears.." you reply sarcastically "äiti..." you turn towards the small voice to see the rest of the 'Nordic five' staring at you were big round eyes (minus Sweden and Norway).

 "äiti, we can't sleep,can you sing us your special song?" you smile at the name 'special' seeing how the song was what your mother use too sing.You chuckled before putting the phone down and shooing the boys up the stairs.
"Vem var det mamma?" Berwald asks as he eyes the phone, you laugh at how protective he was of you. "Don't worry sve it was just a friend." you reply "Was that your kæreste?!" Mathais ask before Lukas begins to chock him "Stop that Lukas.." he stops and obeys his mor.

"Now aren't we gonna hear mamma sing,or not?!" the youngest of the five ask wanting to hear your beautiful voice. "Calm down litli engillinn minn.." you soothing voice made his anger cool down and want to be pick up. "La oss gå.." Lukas says walking up the stairs being the 'leader'.

~*~Time skip to chibi Nordic's bedroom XD~*~

"Ok,everyone ready?" you ask sitting on your rocker (chair),you heard 'yes' in their own little cute accents "Alright,who's turn to sit on mama's lap?" you look towards a hand to see it was the young sweden blushing. He walks towards you as you pick him up gently placing him on your lap. "Ready..."

'dansende bjørne                
malede vinger
Ting jeg næsten huske'

'Ja laulu joku laulaa
Once Upon A December'

'Einhver heldur mig öruggur og hlýja
Hestar dansa með silfur stormur'

'Siffror dansar graciöst
Tvärs mitt minne'

You look over to the boys, smiling at their drowsiness and yawns with Emil and Tino clutching onto the bottom of your skirt.

'langt borte
lenge siden'

'Hehkuva hämärä kuin Ember
Asiat sydämeni käytetään tietää'

'En gång December
Någon håller mig trygg och varm'

'Heste spankulere gennem en sølv storm
Tal danse yndefuldt'

'Yfir minni mínu
Langt í burtu fyrir löngu
Glóandi lítil sem ember'

'Ting mitt hjerte brukes til å vite
Ting det lengter etter å huske
Og en sang noen synger
Once upon en desember'

You smile hoping that this moment well never end, you lean back letting sleep take over but before placing a kiss on Berwald."Night..my little angels.."

~*~Let the colors of the wind take you to few years later~*~

It was just like any other day at the meetings, but surprise that Denmark and England (O.O) were fighting. "What the *&$@ did you say?!""Am just saying that your manners need work-""Ohhh noo you did not just say 'my manners need work'! Am happy the way I am a-Thats the point you were raised with Sweden,Finland,Iceland, and Norway and they have a much better attitude then your reckless p-" England was interrupted by Denmark socking him in the face.

 "I don't care what you think of me!!" he yells and he goes to punch him again.But the other Nordics struggle to keep him calm, you were about to walk over until.."What kind of insane person decide to take care of you?!?!" that comeback made the Nordics let go of Denmark and let him have the pleasure of destroying him. Everyone look at you (minus Denmark & England) and to their horror, your eyes went..dull..with sadness. You walk out into the garden before anyone stopped you "Guys your turn.." Denmark says breaking the sad tense feeling making the Nordics into p*ssed Nordics and punch England with much force.

~*~Minutes for mommy search~*~

"äiti!? Mamma?! Mor?!" you turn towards the voices only for Tino to hug you with he's face snuggling into your stomach."Mamma don't listen to that bastard." Lukas also hug you in the same position.The other three boys came and hug you, not listening to your cries of 'sorry for worrying you'

'Hehkuva hämärä kuin Ember
Asiat sydämeni käytetään tietää'

'En gång December
Någon håller mig trygg och varm'

'Heste spankulere gennem en sølv storm
Tal danse yndefuldt'

'Yfir minni mínu
Langt í burtu fyrir löngu
Glóandi lítil sem ember'

'Ting mitt hjerte brukes til å vite
Ting det lengter etter å huske
Og en sang noen synger'

You smile remebering that song wiping your tears finishing the last line.

'Once upon a December'

"Thank you..my little angels

The End

Hello!



Hello and welcome to my little html tutorial. I've been working with html codes for a couple of years and I'm going to teach you what I know about using some basic html on deviantART. This won't make you a html expert or something and I'm not an expert myself but it will give just enough knowledge to make your journals, comments, news articles and other neat and lovely looking. :)

deviantART actually has FAQs about html but I still wanted to do this because they look a bit unorganized, in my opinion. Also, why would you want to look for those FAQs when you can just open this news article where you have everything in one place? :dummy:

You may already know some of these, but I hope you'll find at least something helpful in this news article.

Some basic html



:bulletorange:Bold text: <b>insert text here</b>

:pointr: Result: Example text
:pointr:This html code will work in: journal entries, group blogs, comments, artist's comments, news articles, notes and probably everywhere.

:bulletyellow:Italic text: <i>insert text here</i>

:pointr: Result: Example text
:pointr:This html code will work in: journal entries, group blogs, comments, artist's comments, news articles, notes and probably everywhere.

:bulletorange:Underlined text: <u>insert text here</u>

:pointr: Result: Example text
:pointr:This html code will work in: journal entries, group blogs, comments, artist's comments, news articles, notes and probably everywhere.

:bulletyellow:Strike: <strike>insert text here</strike>

:pointr: Result: Example text
:pointr:This html code will work in: journal entries, group blogs, comments, artist's comments, news articles, notes and probably everywhere.

:bulletorange:Subscript: <sub>insert text here</sub>

:pointr: Result: Example text
:pointr:This html code will work in: journal entries, group blogs, comments, artist's comments, news articles, notes and probably everywhere.

:bulletyellow:Superscript: <sup>insert text here</sup>

:pointr: Result: Example text
:pointr:This html code will work in: journal entries, group blogs, comments, artist's comments, news articles, notes and probably everywhere.

:pointr:Also, it's good to know: You can use <sup> and <sub> as many times you want to make your text even smaller. <sub><sub><sub><sub>insert text here</sub></sub></sub></sub>
:pointr:Result: Tiny text

:bulletorange:Small text: <small>insert text here</small>

:pointr:This html code will work in: journal entries, group blogs, comments, artist's comments and notes.

:bulletyellow:Blockquote: <blockquote>insert text here</blockquote>

:pointr: Result:
Example text

:pointr:This html code will work in: journal entries, group blogs, comments, artist's comments, news articles, notes and probably everywhere.

:bulletorange:Centering text: <div align="center">insert text here


:pointr:Result:
Example text

:pointr:This html code will work in: journal entries, group blogs and news articles. It won't work in notes, comments and artist's comments. It used to work in artist's comments, but for some reason, it doesn't any more.
:pointr:Also, it's good to know: you can replace "center" with "right" ("left" would be useless since it's default.)

:pointr:Result:
Example text

:pointr:This html code will work in: journal entries, group blogs, comments, artist's comments, news articles.

:bulletyellow:Horizontal line: <hr>

:pointr:Result:

:pointr:This html code will work in: journal entries, group blogs, comments, artist's comments, news articles and notes.

Font size - headings



:bulletorange:Headings:Since you can't actually change the font size with normal font size html codes, you'll need to use headings. There are 6 headings types:
<h1>Example text</h1>
<h2>Example text</h2>
<h3>Example text</h3>
<h4>Example text</h4>
<h5>Example text</h5>
<h6>Example text</h6>

:pointr:Result:

Example text


Example text


Example text


Example text


Example text

Example text



:new::pointr: This code will work in (premium) journals, news articles, artist's comments and special boxes on user's profile. It will not work in comments.


:bulletyellow:Code: Used for defining computer code, but deviants just use it to change their font. <code>Insert text here</code>

:pointr:Result: Example text
:pointr:This html code will work pretty much everywhere, I think. I don't use it that often so I'm not sure, but considering the popularity of it, I think it works everywhere.




Links and photos



:bulletorange:Including links to pages: <a href="insert url here">text that will be clickable</a>

:pointr: Result: Here's a link to deviantART
:pointr:This html code will work in: journal entries, group blogs, comments, artist's comments, news articles, but will not work in group notes.

:bulletyellow:Including photos: <a href="Insert link to the page where the photo is originally coming from"><img src="Insert link to photo"></a>
:pointr:This html code will work in: Premium journal entries, Super group blogs, custom boxes.

:bulletorange:Using big thumbs: <a href="Insert link address here"><img src="Insert Image URL here" width="Insert the desired width of the photo"></a>
:pointr:This html code will work in: journal entries (for premium members only), Super group blogs and custom boxes.

:pointr:To copy a link address, you need to go to the page of the photo you want to link and copy the address in the address bar of your browser. To copy image URL, you need to right click on the photo itself and select Copy image location if you use Firefox or something that implies that you're copying the location of the photo if you're using other browsers. The maximum size of a dA thumbnail is 150×150 which is rather small. Using 300 or 400 or even 500 pixels won't ruin your profile page if you're planning to use this in a journal, but bigger sizes will. The photos might even be cropped, depending on the size of your monitor and the size of the thumb.

:bulletyellow:Description pop-up:You can also include little pop-up text to your links by using this code:
<acronym title="popup text"><a href="insert url here">text that will be clickable</a></acronym>

:pointr:Result: deviantART




Combining codes



:bulletorange:You can also combine as many codes as you want. Let's say that the letter A is a start code and /A is the end code, and B is a different code that ends with /B, the same thing goes for C - /C and D - /D. The correct closing order goes like this: A B C D insert text here /D/C/B/A.
For example; here's a subscripted text that's bold, underlined, strike, italic, centerd and contains a link:
This won't be easy to read, but you get the point. Here's a link to dA again.


My code for this was:
<div align="center"><sub><b><i><u><strike>This won't be easy to read, but you get the point. <a href="www.deviantart.com/">Here's a link to dA again.</a></strike></u></i></b></sub></div>

I just wanted to show you all how ridiculously long and confusing this looks but it's really, really easy so don't be afraid of it. :nod:




Special characters



Here is the link to the special characters that you will probably use rarely. On the other hand, if you're ever planing to create a plz account or if you need to demonstrate html, these are the most common ones that you'll use:

:bulletyellow:Less-than sign: &lt;
:pointr:Result: <

:bulletorange:More-than sign: &gt;
:pointr:Result: >

:bulletyellow:Colon &#58;
:pointr:Result: :

Thumbs and username and icon tags



This isn't really html, but you'd be surprised how many people doesn't know how this works.

:bulletorange:Usernames: :devusername:, e.g. :devshaplz:
:pointr:Result: Shaplz

:bulletyellow:User icons: :iconusername: (that's how the plz accounts work), e.g. :iconshaplz:
:pointr:Result: :iconshaplz:

:pointr:You can also use these for linking groups.

:bulletorange:Thumbnails:Including thumbnails is very easy because all you need to do is copy the code located on the right side of each deviation. It's under "Share" part of the deviations, below groups and above "Details" and "Statistics".
There is a "Thumb" box with the code that usually looks something like this :thumb208669995:
:pointr:Result: Example by ScarletteDeath

Remember


:bulletyellow: It's very important to close your tags with "</>" because the rest of the text will have the same effect like the one you wanted to point out.

:bulletorange: Also, always hit "preview" button before you post a comment/journal entry/etc. no matter how sure you are you got it right.

:bulletyellow: If a deviant gets carried away with <sub> or <sup> tags, remember to


keep calm
and
zoom the page



:bulletorange: Remember that nobody knows all the tags by heart so don't be afraid to fave this article and visit whenever you need. ;)

:bulletyellow: If you ever need some help with html, remember that Google is your friend.

:bulletorange: If you know some other html codes that can be used on dA, feel free to share them. I never said I knew everything about this, I'm just here to share my knowledge. :aww:

I hope this helped! :wave:

  • Mood: Joy
(This was a random dream I had before and um, yeah. It's kinda...smutty. So yeah. I made it into a Reader x Sebastian Michaelis kind of fic. )


[Your name]'s POV



It was a normal evening for me. Sitting in my room, in front of my laptop, chocolate in hand. Well, it's more of a daily routine now until I heard a knock at the door. Rather, the bell rang at the gate.



I went out my room a bit annoyed for this person just broke my daily routine.



I was surprised to see Sebastian there in his butler outfit still handsome as ever. I let him in and told him to sit down.



"What seems to be the problem, Sebastian?" I asked. "Bocchan asked me to give you these." he said while taking out two envelopes from his coat. I took the envelopes and read the letters inside. They were invitations. I stood up, to put the envelopes on a near table. "Ah, I'll just grab a drink if you don't mind."



I was in the kitchen, happily drinking my glass of water. Man, one was an invitation on a mission and another was for a party at the Phantomhives. Of course I'd be happy. Well, that was short lived when the lights suddenly blacked out. I put my glass on the table as the lights flickered on and was shocked to see Sebastian behind me, from the corner of my eyes.



He surprised me by hugging me from behind as he whispered in my ear, "Also, Bocchan ordered me to 'Have fun with you'. So I guess you know what that means~" Before I could reply, I was already facing him.



His movements were too quick for a human like me and before I knew it, my hands were tied up with that beloved tie and was wrapped around his neck. He carried me and made me sit on the dining table.



"Sebastian, wai-!" and yes, he pulled me into a deep, vigorous kiss. It took me seconds to realize it. I couldn't stop myself from returning his kisses. He was simply tempting and irresistible.



Between our kisses, I thought I heard a ripping sound. I opened one eye to see that both our tops were ripped off. He let my hands go and I started to run my hands through his hair, down to his perfect chest, and down to his abs. All the while he was running his bare hands on me, playing with the hem of my bra.



Sebastian spoke between kisses, "I think it's time to pick it up a notch, Milady." Smirking ever so hotly, he easily picked me up, kissing me still, licking my lips in the process. He gently lied me down on my precious bed. He was now on top of me, easily ripping our underwear off.



He suddenly bit my lips for entrance 'til they bleed. I opened my mouth to let him in and do what he wants. He licked the blood on my lips and said, "Delicious~" before sliding his tongue in, exploring the insides of my mouth. He dominated of course, while we were playing with each others' tongues.



He then pulled away and started licking my neck, making kisses and love bites down to my collarbone. He arrived at my chest and had a n****e in his mouth. He started sucking it while a hand was playing with the other. I moaned in response that made him continue eagerly.



After doing so, he trailed kisses to my stomach. He smirked as he started licking my inner thighs. He licked closer and closer to my core. Weird though, I was getting horny. 'Cos I suddenly spoke, "i-inside... p-please, S-Sebast-!" and before I managed to finish my plead, he already slid a tongue in my entrance, with two fingers going back and forth inside.



I moaned in time, following the rhythm of his tongue and fingers. I whined a bit when he pulled away.



Sebastian's (short) POV



I couldn't resist this human girl below me, gasps getting shortened with her sweaty body. I was happy to oblige when she said between her breaths, "m-more...please.." Quite surprising, we both wanted to be fulfilled. I bowed my head with a smile and said, "Yes, Milady." I removed my underwear in a flash and slowly entered her.



[Your name]'s POV



I did not expect this. Seriously, he was so big and long that I wonder how he managed to get the whole thing in. The pain slowly faded away and feeling of pleasure took over me.



I heard him groan, "Y-you're so tight. Now this is 'fun.' "



'Well thank you for making me blush.' I thought.



He kept a steady pace of going in and out of me as the sound of wet flesh, moans and groans filled the silence of my room. "Would you like me to go faster?" I gasped. He was still inside me when he spoke. I gave my all to just nod at him.



I dug my nails on his back as he picked up the pace. I wrapped my legs around his waist as he kept on thrusting his whole thing faster. "S-sebastian.. I'm c-coming..!" I said while gasping.



After a few thrusts, I reached my climax. "F**k that." he muttered a little loud for me to hear. I thought he was done with me but he kept on going.



Finally, he released inside me and lied down beside me on my now wrecked bed, hugging each other tightly.



I looked up at him and said, "Damn it, Sebastian! You owe me a new bed. Now I won't be able to walk." he shushed me by putting his finger on my lips and spoke, "You know what I can do. Then I'll take you to the Phantomhive manor. Bocchan would understand." he smirked at me and winked.



Before I could even speak, he already silenced me with a kiss. "Now sleep tight, Milady." he got the blanket and slept the night with me.
Levi by cielo-a-pecorelle

It had been three months since Levi had busied himself with meeting Petra and Hanji. At first it had been just slipping away after meetings, or getting together in the office. But now it was more frequent, much so that you hardly saw him during the nighttime anymore. Levi would insist that he had to work overtime, and you wanted to believe him, you really did. But something inside of you told you it was a lie. Nothingless, you stayed by his side and loved him more than anybody else in the world could.

 

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The day was December 19th, it was a chilly morning when Levi came to your house. The visit was quite unexpected as a matter of fact. You were humming cheerfully to yourself as you were making some cookies in your kitchen when there was a sharp knocking at your door. “Hm? I’ll be right there!” You called, putting down the bowl you were currently mixing ingredients in and wiping your hands on your pants before hurrying towards the door.

 

The sight was one you’d never forget. There stood your raven-haired lover, arms crossed, bored expression as usual and… an elf hat? “Levi?” You couldn’t help but giggle as you looked him over, never in your life would you have expected to see him like that.

 

He looked at you critically before stepping into your house “Go get yourself fixed up, I’m taking you out.” He huffed. When he did things like this, it made your heart swell. Levi didn’t usually show that much affection, but when he did, you knew he loved you.

 

“Okay, dear. I’ll be right back.” You smiled. Before running upstairs and taking your hair out of the tied back style you had it in, and let it fall loose. Hurriedly you went to your closet and changed out of your previous outfit and into a pair of dark wash jeans and a sweater. Before leaving your room, you grabbed a trench coat and quickly put that on along with a scarf and a pair of gloves. You looked pretty good if you were to admit it to yourself.

 

You then hurried downstairs and put on a pair of riding boots before looking perkily at Levi. “Ready~” You sang. Levi gave you a warm smile, and took the elf hat he was wearing off and placed it on your head before leaning in to kiss your cheek. “You look beautiful, [Name].” He whispered, before offering you his arm which you gladly took. He led you to his waiting car and you long forgot about the cookies you’d been making.

 

 

 

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The next morning you woke to warm and strong arms wrapped around you. In confusion you rubbed your eye and looked around before realizing that this wasn’t your room. Memories flooded in and you smiled softly.

 

Levi had taken you to pick out a Christmas tree, and then out for a nice lunch. The date was fairly simple, just the two of you hanging out together, but the best part was during the evening. He drove you to the park and made you close your eyes while he tenderly led you through it. When he finally said you were allowed to open them, you saw a carriage waiting. Two grand looking horses ready to pull it. It was trimmed with red bows, bells and holly. There was a jolly looking man sitting in the front, ready to give the command for them to start moving.

 

You looked at Levi in confusion, he only smiled wordlessly and took your hand before helping you onto the carriage. It was quiet and calm as you two went through the park. Levi held you into his arms and you two would share the occasional kiss, what made it better is that it started to snow.

 

After was your personal favorite, he took you back to his house and you two had a night of passionate love making. And right before you fell asleep he whispered. “[Name]. I love you more than anything in this world, and I’ll always be there for you.” With those words fresh in your mind, you fell into a calm and content sleep.

 

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“[Name]?” Levi’s voice snapped you out of your thoughts, you looked up and your boyfriend was already out of bed, buttoning up his shirt. You blinked before realizing he had work. “Yes?” you replied eventually. “Darling, I have to drive you home, hurry up and get dressed.” He barely called you pet names, so ‘Darling’ surprised you greatly.

 

“Okay.” Was all you said as you got up and put on your clothes from yesterday, which were now scattered on his floor. You felt an awkward flashback to the last time you were in his room like this and he had refused to have sex with you. Pushing the thought away, you pulled your sweater over your head and put your jacket on before looking at him.

 

“Ready.” You smiled. Levi, who was slipping on a blazer, looked to you and nodded. “Do you want me to get you something for breakfast?” “No… I’m okay, I’ll make something at home.” You shrugged, walking out of Levi’s room, the short man at your heels. “Okay then.” He sighed, not attempting to persist.

 

 

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It had been three days since your date with Levi, and you’d only talked to him on the phone. Being the good girlfriend you were, you decided to go over to his house and make him a nice supper for when he got home from work. After all, he told you he was working today.

 

So at 5:30, you climbed into your car and drove towards his house. A bag of the food you intended on preparing for him in the passenger seat beside you. The drive was a pleasingly short one, and soon enough you reached his house. Much to your surprise, his car was already there.

 

Hmmm, maybe he got off early?  You thought dismissively, looks like your plans on making him dinner were ruined. You thought of just leaving, but decided to go in and see him anyway. Getting out of your car, you hurried to the front door. Which was unlocked… Hmm, unlike Levi.

 

As you stepped in, you were about to sing, ‘Levi~ Hunny, I’m here.’ But a sound made you stop short. A small moan. You felt your heart stop and a cold sweat run down your forehead. Cautiously, you followed the sound towards the living room. What you saw almost made you scream.

 

Levi was on his couch, naked. But not just him, he was in the company of two women you recognized as Petra and Hanji. Petra, the petite ginger was ontop of him moaning every second or so, and Hanji was lightly nibbling Levi’s ear.

 

You felt a rage forming, and a sadness, along with shock. Actually, you were feeling so many emotions you didn’t know which one you were feeling the most. For a moment your mind went blank, you didn’t know what to do. As if a robot, you walked forward and sat down calmly on a chair beside the couch. “Ah hello dear.” You hummed in mock cheerfulness, they all stopped and looked at you in shock. Your eyes flashed as Levi’s face paled. “[N-Name?]”